Aġenzija Żgħażagħ once again launched several funds in schemes for voluntary youth associations or associations that work with young people, as well as for music tuition in band clubs. These schemes are being launched every year with the amount of funds increasing evermore. This year, the total amount that will be given to voluntary organisations reaches €300,000. The schemes A4U, BeActive, and the Tuition of Musical Instruments aim to continue to increase wealth in the community through projects carried out by voluntary organisations. Each organisation that applies to benefit from these schemes can take up to a maximum of €4,000 in order to further facilitate the work in the youth sector.
Parliamentary Secretary for Youth, Research and Innovation Keith Azzopardi Tanti underlined the importance of similar schemes aimed particularly at young people. “It is important that we do our best so that our youths are nurtured in voluntary work whose profit is not a monetary one but of personal satisfaction. The government, through Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, is giving a small aid to assist these volunteers who give their time and strength in the community so they will be able to have more resources to work with." He concluded by encouraging more youth voluntary organisations or those that work with young people to apply for such initiatives to increase their contribution in society.
Manager of Youth Empowerment at Aġenzija Żgħażagħ, Mrs Maria Borg, stressed about Aġenzija Żgħażagħ's willingness to continue offering similar schemes and how important it is that more youth organisations or those that work with young people seek to benefit from them. She claimed that through the A4U and BeActive schemes, as well as the music tuition schemes, Aġenzija Żgħażagħ has managed to create a strong link between various organisations to foster more collaboration, not only with the agency itself, but even between them so that they learn and grow together, support each other, and create bigger and more ambitious projects.
Applications are open until October 23 at 12pm and can be accessed from the site www.vofunding.org.mt or youth.gov.mt.